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Jadhav's wife Chetna was reportedly so besieged that she broke down several times. She was barely able to speak to her husband.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Friday 29 December 2017 1:35 ISTMust readJaish-e-Mohammad’s ‘commander’ Noor Tantray killed in Pulwama wanted to join BJP in 2003 to eliminate top brassUP govt sends letter to Gorakhpur DM to withdraw 1995 case against Yogi Adityanath, 10 others<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>India sent a “note-verbale” to Pakistan, conveying its objections over the way Kulbhushan Jadhav’s meeting with his mother and wife was conducted. A note-verbale is an unsigned diplomatic note of protest written in the third person.India objected that Pakistan refused to hand over the video recording of the meeting. Officials fear that Pakistan may edit the recording to further its propaganda to project Jadhav as an Indian spy.The apprehension stems from the de-briefing of Jadhav’s mother with officials of the External Affairs Ministry upon their return. They said the family had clearly noted that Jadhav was clearly under duress.Jadhav’s wife Chetna was reportedly so besieged that she broke down several times. She was barely able to speak to her husband.

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Pakistan forced them to ‘look like widows’

Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother were made to look like widows when they met him in Islamabad three days ago, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a scathing attack on Pakistan’s ill-treatment of the family of India’s former Naval officer.The two women’s attire was changed, and Jadhav’s mother, who wears a sari, was forced to wear salwar-kurta. Both were made forced to remove bindis, bangles and mangal sutra, Swaraj said, drawing cries of “shame” from parliamentarians.The minister made an identical four-page statement in both Houses of Parliament on Thursday and described Pakistan’s behaviour as “obnoxious” and said there was a serious and gross violation of human rights.Jadhav, 47, has been sentenced to death for espionage and terror. India has rejected the charges and said he was kidnapped and implicated. Jadhav’s mother told Swaraj that her son asked about his father on seeing her without bindi or mangalsutra.”Avanti Jadhav choked up as she told me the first question her son asked was — how is Baba? He feared something bad had happened… he was reassured only when he saw his wife in the same state,” Swaraj said.When she tried to speak in their mother tongue Marathi across the thick glass wall between them, two Pakistani officials interrupted and the intercom was closed.All Opposition parties unequivocally endorsed and supported Swaraj’s statement condemning the mistreatment of Jadhav’s wife Chetankul and mother Avanti by Pakistan. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the hanging in May till the case is conclusively heard, on India’s petition against the farce trial.Swaraj said there was an intimidating atmosphere created for them during the meeting. “There are not enough words to condemn the same.” she said, adding that in a departure of agreed understanding “the emotional moment between and mother and son and wife and husband after 22 months was misused by Pakistan as an instrument to further its propaganda.MPs cutting across political divide condemned the ill-treatment. From treasury benches, Swaraj’s impassioned and hard-hitting statement was interluded with slogans of ‘Pakistan Murdabad’.In violation of a clear agreement on not allowing Pakistani media a close access to the mother and the wife, they were subjected to harassment and offensive language was hurled at them by journalists, Swaraj said.The two women told her that Jadhav appeared under considerable stress and was speaking in an atmosphere of coercion, the minister said. They could surmise that “his remarks were tutored by his captors and designed to perpetuate the false narrative of his alleged activities, she said.The minister said the government is “now engaged in seeking a permanent relief, based on stronger arguments, through the legal avenue offered by the ICJ.On Pakistani authorities sending the shoes worn by Jadhav’s wife for forensic testing to examine the alleged presence of “a metallic object”, Swaraj said she took a flight to Dubai first and then went to Pakistan and no alarms were raised then.Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said, “The entire House joins together to appreciate the efforts and also call upon the government to safely secure the release of Shri Kulbhushan Jadhav and also to convey to international community the way Pakistan behaved in a most inhuman manner.”Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said India cannot tolerate the misconduct as it is an insult and humiliation to 130 crore Indians. He urged the government to ensure Jadhav remains safe so long as he is in Pakistan’s custody.”Regardless of political differences, when it comes to the country’s dignity, we will stand together and if another country misbehaves with our mothers and sisters, it will not be tolerated,” Azad said.

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Parliament takes on Pak dirty tricks

Political leaders cutting across party lines in Parliament condemned Pakistan’s mistreatment of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family in Islamabad and demanded efforts to bring back the former Indian Naval officer who has been captured and sentenced to death on charges of espionage and terror. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said she will make a detailed statement on the issue in both Houses on Thursday. Jadhav, 47, was allowed to meet his mother Avanti and wife Chetana Jadhav across a glass screen on Monday. India has maintained he was kidnapped and implicated. India has said Pakistan had the mangal sutras, bangles and bindis of Jadhav’s mother and wife removed, disregarding cultural and religious sensibilities. The Pakistani press also harassed the two women. During Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, members of Congress, Shiv Sena, TMC and AIADMK protested against Pakistan. Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, demanded that Jadhav be brought back. The issue was initially raised by Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant who questioned the government silence. TMC leader Saugata Roy described Pakistan as “hypocritical”. AIADMK’s M Thambidurai said that asking a woman to remove her ‘mangal sutra’ is an insult to the country. Shiv Sena members raised slogans against Pakistan in the House.Outside Parliament, Congress leaders Veepara Moily and Salman Khurshid called it a diplomatic failure on the part of the government. “MEA should have ensured a protocol for the family,” Moily told reporters. He said that the issue should have been taken up with Pakistan before Jadhav’s kin went to Islamabad. Khurshid, a former External Affairs Minister, said the meeting between Jadhav and his family was distressing and disturbing. “We expected better from Pakistan, the situation is unfortunately very grave,” he said. Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy reacted sharply on Wednesday and said that India should go to war with Pakistan and split it into four parts. The Rajya Sabha MP said that “serious homework” for the war should begin “right now”. “The treatment given to the mother and the wife is akin to Draupadi’s vastraharan that resulted in Mahabharat,” he said.Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also slammed the “very irresponsible” Pakistani media over the heckling of Jadhav’s mother and wife. “Pakistan media is very irresponsible, it is not responsible like the Indian media,” Rijiju told reporters outside Parliament, assuring action by the External Affairs Ministry.India has moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, on grounds that procedures were not followed under international law when Jadhav was convicted, a rare contest by the two nuclear-armed rivals at the top UN legal body whose rulings are binding, but occasionally flouted. In May, the world court put the sentence on hold till the case is conclusively heard.

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Jadhav family reunion: Pakistan disguises propaganda as ‘humanitarian gesture’

After spending nearly 22 months in Pakistan’s captivity, Kulbhushan Jadhav was finally allowed to ‘meet’ his wife and mother in Islamabad today. The meeting, Pakistan said, was a “humanitarian gesture” to mark the birth anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Father of the Islamic nation. When the day’s affair ended following a press briefing of Foreign Affairs Ministry, it seemed like Pakistan had just played a propaganda film lasting a couple of hours.Everything, from the arrival of Jadhav’s wife Chetankul and mother Avanti to the so-called ‘confessional’ video of former India Navy officer, seemed meticulously planned. Also readKulbhushan Jadhav meets wife, mother from behind glass screen; not the last meeting, says Pakistan Sample this – After a 40 minutes meeting, Jadhav’s wife and mother, accompanied by India Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh, came out from the front door. The car, provided by the Pakistani authorities, did not come around and they were made to wait for several minutes out in the open. Singh was seen lifting his hands, walking around, a gesture seen as frustration. Meanwhile, some of the Pakistani journalists, raised questions to Avanti Jadhav, the alleged Indian spy’s mother which were more like accusations. “Mrs. Jadhav, how does it feel to be the mother of a terrorist?” was one of the questions thrown at the lady who had just met her son from across a glass wall. Also readFeel ashamed for acts against Pakistan and its people: Kulbhushan Jadhav in new ‘confessional’ videoThis was a typical Pakistani script. To try to launch an attack with the help of non-state actors so they they have their deniability. Except this time, the attack was not intended to harm anyone physically but to humiliate an Indian citizen in full public view. But this was low, even from a Pakistani standard, to subject a mother to such questioning from hecklers masquerading as journalists. Later, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a “confessional” video of Jadhav before its spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal read out a statement which was nothing but repetition of its charges against the alleged Indian spy. This video was played in a loop while journalists waited for the press conference to begin. In the “confession” video, Jadhav admitted that he crossed into Pakistan from Iran. He sought “pardon of the acts and sins and crimes committed here against the Nation and the people of Pakistan.”Also readConsular access not given, Kulbhushan’s meeting with wife and mother allowed on ‘humanitarian ground’: PakThis was not the first time that Pakistan released a confession video of Jadhav, but questions arise on why they needed to release the video while his mother was literally a few kilometres away. During the press conference, Dr Faisal did not forget to throw in the figure that 500 medical visas were issued to Pakistanis by India before Jadhav row and now External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj “picks and chooses.” Faisal also did not forget to tell journalists that the scheduled 30-minute meeting was extended to 40 minutes on the request of Jadhav and his family.In the entire press conference, Faisal made it a point to identify Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, with his military title, calling “Commander Jadhav”. He mentioned again and again that the request for the meeting was granted on “humanitarian grounds.”If it was indeed a humanitarian gesture, as the spokesperson so graciously repeated several times, why Jadhav was not allowed to hug or even touch his mother and wife. The logic given by the Foreign Office for a glass wall was that it was done for “security reasons.” The wall, he said was a security barrier. To top all of it, the meeting took place inside a container where a studio was built for the purpose, Republic TV reported. G Parthasarathy, Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, claimed that the ladies were asked to change their clothes before meeting Jadhav. This was also visible from the pictures of the meeting shared by Faisal. On the face of it, the whole exercise was designed to embarrass India, to show Pakistan as a ‘humanitarian’ nation and to project Jadhav as a terrorist sent by Research & Analysis Wing (RAW), the Indian intelligence agency. It was not surprising that Pakistan did what it did, but what should come as a surprise to many that New Delhi fell for the trap set by Islamabad. After getting stabbed in the back by Pakistan innumerable times, India should have known better that it was not like any other family reunion but propaganda disguised as humanitarian gesture. Watch: Pakistan’s PR stunt with Indian prisoner

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Pakistan issues visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family

The Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi on Wednesday granted visas to former Indian navy officer and prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife. The two women will travel to Pakistan on December 25 to meet Jadhav who is currently on a death-row. They will be accompanied by an Indian diplomat during the meeting. Pakistan has so far rejected over 20 Indian requests for consular access to Jadhav.Pakistan had initially offered a meeting between Jadhav and his wife on ‘humanitarian grounds’. But after a request from India, Islamabad agreed to permit his mother and an Indian diplomat to meet Jadhav as well. Jadhav, who was detained by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan, was sentenced to death by a military tribunal earlier this year. His appeals against the conviction have been rejected by the military appellate court and his mercy petition has been lying with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.Meanwhile, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed that there are 60 civilian prisoners including Jadhav and 416 Indian fishermen in Pakistan’s custody. She said since 2014, Indian government has provided legal assistance to 3 Indian civilian prisoners lodged in Pakistani jails.India has challenged Pakistan’s refusal to grant consular access to the spy in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The ICJ is hearing the case and has restrained the Pakistan government from executing Jadhav till it decides the case.She said there have been reports of ill-treatment of Indian prisoners in Pakistan’s custody. “Since 2014, 10 Indian fishermen and 2 Indian civil prisoners have died in the custody of Pakistan authorities. Mortal remains of all these prisoners were brought back to India, except in the case of late Abu Bakar Nohri, who was buried in Pakistan as per the wishes of his family and as per Islamic rules,” she added.

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No consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pak tells ICJ

Pakistan on Wednesday rejected India’s plea for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav at the ICJ, claiming that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its ‘spy’.Media reports form Pakistan suggest that Pakistan in its reply has alleged Jadhav is not an ordinary person and had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities. The reply, which was submitted by the Foreign Office’s Director (India), Fariha Bugti, also claimed that Jadhav case does not fall under the purview of the Vienna Convention.Even though Islamabad has allowed Jadhav’s mother and wife to meet him in jail alongwith an Indian diplomat, Pakistani response claimed that Jadhav was not entitled to consular access.The counter-memorial said the consular access under the Vienna Convention was reserved only for legitimate visitors and not for spies.Reports said the reply also encompasses the charge-sheet filed against Jadhav, which also includes his confession.Pakistan has stated that “the Indians have not denied that Jadhav was travelling on a passport with an assumed Muslim name.””Lack of explanation on how a serving naval commander was operating under secondment to Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and also was travelling under an assumed name leads to only one conclusion that India wanted consular access to the information he had gathered,” said the counter memorial.”Only a state which adheres to legitimate actions can request the court to intervene in a matter between two states,” Pakistan has stated in the ICJ.THE CASEKulbhushan Jadhav was arrested in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province over charges of alleged involvement in espionage and subversive activities for India’s intelligence agency RAW.

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Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family to meet him in jail on December 25

The family of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian naval officer facing death sentence in Pakistan, has been allowed to meet him in jail on December 25.Though it has not been specified that who exactly has been permitted to meet Jadhav, it is sure that an Indian diplomat will accompany the family member.The news comes after India set some pre-conditions for the meeting, specifically asking for the safety of Jadhav’s family members.Earlier, India had allowed wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav to travel to Pakistan.However, the women’s travel permission is linked with certain pre-conditions.Also readPakistan yet to give a sovereign guarantee about safety and security of Kulbhushan Jadhav: VK Singh”In our response, we have conveyed that Jadhav’s wife would like to travel with her mother-in-law for the meeting. We have also sought sovereign guarantee from the Pakistan Government to ensure safety, and security of both. Also, during their stay in Pakistan they should not be questioned, or harassed,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.”We have further asked that a diplomat from our High Commission in Pakistan shall be allowed to accompany them at all times, including during the meeting,” he added.Also read4 assurances India has asked for allowing Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother to travel to PakistanPakistan on November 10 had said that on ‘humanitarian grounds’, it can allow meeting between Jadhav and his wife in jail. The 46-year-old was arrested in March last year on charges on espionage. The Pakistan authorities alleged that Jadhav was working with RA&W and was involved in terrorist activities in strife-torn Balochistan region.After nearly four months of trail termed as ‘farcical’ trial, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a military court. But, India moved to International Court of Justice and in major victory, the ICJ stayed Jadhav’s death sentence in May this year.

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Two cops suspended as man dies in police stn

High drama erupted at the Keshavpuram police station in North-West district on Tuesday night after a 43-year old man, who complained of chest pain, died while he was inside the police station in connection with a quarrel case. Two police officials of the rank of the Assistant Sub-Inspector have been suspended pending enquiry.According to the police a call was received around 11:45pm about a quarrel at Tri-Nagar bus stand. A minute after the first call another call was received from the same area but a different caller. When the police officials reached the location a juvenile identified as Rushit alleged that he was beaten by Kulbhushan Chaturvedi (43) and wanted his medical examination to be done. Police officials also asked Chaturvedi if he wanted to get his medical done as well but he refused.Around 12:52 am Rushit’s medical test was conducted after which he reached the police station again and asked for the course of action. Kulbhushan was called back to the police station and it was during this time he died. “Kulbhushan complained of chest pain in the station after which he was rushed to the Fortis hospital by his family members around 2am. He was declared dead by the hospital around 2:30 am,”said a police officer.
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India allows Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother, wife to visit Pakistan, but ‘conditions apply’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian naval officer facing death sentence in Pakistan, can travel across border to meet him, India announced on Thursday.However, the women’s travel permission is linked with certain pre-conditions.”In our response, we have conveyed that Jadhav’s wife would like to travel with her mother-in-law for the meeting. We have also sought sovereign guarantee from the Pakistan Government to ensure safety, and security of both. Also, during their stay in Pakistan they should not be questioned, or harassed,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.”We have further asked that a diplomat from our High Commission in Pakistan shall be allowed to accompany them at all times, including during the meeting,” he added. The 46-year-old was arrested in March last year on charges on espionage. The Pakistan authorities alleged that Jadhav was working with RA&W and was involved in terrorist activities in strife-torn Balochistan region.After nearly four months of trail termed as ‘farcical’ trial, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a military court. But, India moved to International Court of Justice and in major victory, the ICJ stayed Jadhav’s death sentence in May this year.

Inside Story: Here’s how India ensured Dalveer Bhandari’s re-election as ICJ judge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The re-election of Indian nominee Justice Dalveer Bhandari to the last seat of the world court has sown India’s strategic connect as well as the new world order based on democratic processes and principles.Ahead of the election, where Bhandari was pitted against the British nominee Christopher Greenwood, India pulled all stops to ensure his victory with the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj contacting some of her 100 counterparts mostly from African and Latin American countries. Officials at her ministry were also in constant touch with the envoy of developing countries stationed in New Delhi.“They had all ensured support, but were skeptical whether India will be able to pull support at the 15-member United Nations Security Council (UNSC) dominated by world powers,” a source said.For a victory, it was necessary to enlist majority both at the UN General Assembly as well as at the UNSC.After former Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case (currently on a death row in Pakistan) reached to the world court, there was an understanding that having an Indian judge in the ICJ was a political priority. Insiders said that till early 2017, the South Block had almost made up mind to demit the Indian seat in the current election cycle, as they had assessed there were not many chances for their nominee to get re-elected with Britain and other countries joining the race. Bhandari’s nomination was officially backed by India, along with Australia, Bangladesh, Colombia, and Israel.In a carefully crafted strategy involving Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Swaraj, the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and India’s representative at the UN Syed Akbaruddin, India sought to enlist the support of countries raising the issue of democratic process.“We convinced countries that the democratic process needs to play its full course in both the Security Council and the General Assembly and there should not be an intervention or adoption of a process that has never been used before or the one that undermines the voice of the majority,” officials said.The strategy clicked with a number of developing countries pledging their support to India against the nominee of a former colonial power and member of the UNSC. Admitting that there were pulls, pressures, and allurements, asking India to withdraw its candidature in favour of powerful UK, but it was firmly put down. In a typical disruptions style of PM Modi, the team overlooking the election ruled out any compromise asserting that the candidate who enjoys the overwhelming support of the General Assembly members can be the only be a legitimate candidate to go through. As the lobbying has intensified, the campaign took an ugly turn with Greenwood’s supporters trying to break Bhandari’s growing support in the Assembly by carrying out a stealth campaign to make it appear that India was giving up, according to diplomats.But Indian officials maintained that voting in the General Assembly which overwhelmingly favoured India is reflective of the new global order, which is not pleasant to the world powers. In earlier rounds Bhandari has nearly a two-thirds majority with 121 votes in the 193-member Assembly, while Greenwood has a slender majority of nine in the 15-member Council. Both the 193-member UNGA and the 15-member UNSC have to vote independently to elect the members of the ICJ.A beaming Syed Akbaruddin admitted that a huge diplomatic effort had gone into electing Bhandari to the world court. “There was a crucial meet before the vote. We put forward our view and stuck to it. It was apparent that vote will be in our favour. We are grateful that the UK judge recused and recognised that the Indian judge was doing good in UNGA,” he said in New York.Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj congratulated Justice Bhandari this morning. “Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re-election as a Judge of the ICJ. Huge efforts by Team – MEA. Syed Akbaruddin, our Permanent Representative in UN deserves a special mention,” she said in a tweet.President Ram Nath Kovind also congratulated Bhandari, posting on Twitter. “Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari for his re-election to the ICJ. A diplomatic milestone for India.”India officially began the process of re-nominating Bhandari in late June, which kick-started the lobbying process to get him on back on the bench in The Hague’s Peace Palace. With the ICJ to adjudicate the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav over the next few years, the perception in New Delhi is that having an Indian judge on the bench is a national priority. Pakistan, the other party in the ‘Jadhav Case’, also has the right to nominate an ad-hoc judge to the bench since the ICJ has a serving Indian judge, but not one with Pakistani nationality.Sources here said that the lobbying had already begun at the highest level at the G-20 meeting in Hamburg in the first week of July, when Modi solicited support for Bhandari in all his diplomatic interactions with foreign leaders. He also got support from BRICS leaders during the summit in Xiamen, China, and then raised the issue again during his bilateral trip to Myanmar, while calling for just international order.Swaraj, who led an Indian delegation at the UNGA’s annual session, stayed in New York last September for seven days. Her top priority was to directly speak to her counterparts and get as many committed votes for Bhandari as possible. As one source here confirmed that there was a very high level of effort being put in by the Indian government. “Instructions had gone out to ensure that Bhandari’s candidature finds mentions at India’s diplomatic interactions, whether they involve just diplomats or the country’s top leaders,” they said.Plans were also drawn up to draft personal letters from the prime minister to his counterparts. Diplomats were also sent to the critical countries to garner support. India decided on Bhandari’s re-nomination only a few weeks before the July 3 deadline. This despite that India’s seat for Asia Pacific group already had a contender in the form of Lebanon’s permanent representative, Nawaf Salam. Egypt, currently a non-permanent UNSC member was the first to announce that it will support Bhandari. In return, India agreed to back the Egyptian candidate for the post of director general of UNESCO.The current diplomatic push for the world court seat reminded the 2010 elections for the UNSC non-permanent seat when the government of Manmohan Singh also pulled all stops to win the election. Due to those efforts, India won the seat that it held for two years with an overwhelming number of countries including Pakistan endorsing its sole candidature from the Asian group. India received the highest number of votes — 187 out of 192 — among all countries in the fray.

India’s reply to offer for Jadhav to meet his wife being considered: Pakistan Foreign Office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Saturday, the Pakistan Foreign Office said that India’s reply to Pakistan’s offer for Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife to meet him had been received and was being considered. Pakistan recently said it will allow 46-year-old Jadhav to meet his wife, months after India had requested Islamabad to grant a visa to his mother on humanitarian grounds. During his weekly media briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said Pakistan was awaiting India’s response on the offer. Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April on charges of espionage and terrorism. The International Court of Justice in May halted his execution on India’s appeal. Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.Some media reports have linked Pakistan’s offer to the quiet efforts by the US.Pakistan, however, insisted that the offer was made purely on the humanitarian grounds. Jadhav has filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending. Last month, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India. After India approached the ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case. The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings in the case.

‘Considering’ India’s request to let Jadhav meet mother: Pak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today said it is “considering” India’s request to let Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother meet him, apart from his wife who has already received permission to visit the Indian death row prisoner.Last week, Pakistan said it had offered to arrange a meeting between 46-year-old Jadhav and his wife, months after India had requested it to grant a visa to his mother on humanitarian grounds.Foreign Office (FO) sources here said India in response has again asked Pakistan to issue a visa to Jadhav’s mother so she can also visit her detained son.FO spokesman Mohammad Faisal confirmed that India has responded to Pakistan’s offer.”Indian reply to Pakistan’s humanitarian offer for Commander Jadhav received & is being considered,” he tweeted.Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April on charges of espionage and terrorism. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May halted his execution on India’s appeal.Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.Some media reports have linked Pakistan’s latest offer to quiet efforts by the US. Pakistan, however, insisted that its offer was made purely on humanitarian grounds.Jadhav has filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending.Last month, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav.Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered the country from Iran.However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.After India approached the ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings in the case.

Pak awaits Indian response on offer to host meeting between Jadhav and his wife

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today said it was awaiting India’s response on its offer to arrange a meeting between Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife on humanitarian grounds.Pakistan last week said it will allow 46-year-old Jadhav to meet his wife, months after India had requested Islamabad to grant a visa to his mother on humanitarian grounds.During his weekly media briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said Pakistan was awaiting India’s response on the offer.Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April on charges of espionage and terrorism. The International Court of Justice in May halted his execution on India’s appeal.Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.Some media reports have linked Pakistan’s offer to the quiet efforts by the US.Pakistan, however, insisted that the offer was made purely on the humanitarian grounds.Jadhav has filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending.Last month, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav.Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran.However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.After India approached the ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings in the case. PTI ZH AKJ

Pakistan to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife to meet him in jail on ‘humanitarian grounds’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian lodged in Pakistani jail on charges of spying, will be allowed to meet his wife, Islamabad announced on Friday.Pakistani officials said that they were acting on humanitarian grounds and informed that a meeting will be arranged between Jadhav and his wife.A note verbale has been sent in this regard to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad on Friday.

Pak envoy meets Sushma Swaraj; Kulbhushan Jadhav’s fate not discussed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today said its High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, but dismissed as “speculative” the reports in media that the two discussed the issue of Kulbhushan Jadhav.Foreign Office issued a statement after reports in media claimed that Swaraj asked Mahmood to drop all charges against Jadhav and send him back for any progress in bilateral ties.46-year-old Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April for his alleged involvement in espionage and terrorist activities. The International Court of Justice in May halted his execution on India’s appeal.Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria today confirmed that Mahmood met Swaraj on October 17 but asserted that it was a routine meeting by the diplomat who recently assumed office as Pakistan’s new High Commissioner to India.”While broad contours of bilateral relations were deliberated upon during this interaction, no specific case came under discussion. Therefore, the reports appearing in the Indian media are speculative,” Zakaria said.He also said that the meeting was held in a cordial and constructive atmosphere.”The Minister and the High Commissioner took stock of the current state of Pakistan-India relations,” he said.He said it is “customary for the newly-posted envoys to make courtesy calls on the local dignitaries.”

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: India trying to highlight ‘humanitarian’ aspect to cover up ‘subversive activities’, says Pakistan

Updated: Sep 15, 2017, 12:20 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan on Thursday accused India of trying to highlight the “humanitarian” aspect of Kulbhushan Jadhav case in the International Court of Justice to cover up its alleged “subversive activities” in the country.Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that India submitted its memorial on Jadhav case in the ICJ yesterday while Pakistan will submit its counter memorial by December 13. India is trying to bring out the humanitarian aspect of a person who has made a public confession on how he was launched by India to carry out subversive and terrorist activities in Pakistan,” he alleged. Zakaria said Jadhav, 46, has confessed many terrorist attacks within Pakistan and India is trying to divert international community s attention from the real issue.He said Jadhav and his accomplices have caused immense sufferings to the Pakistani nation and “we must be mindful of this fact while talking about him.” Jadhav was sentenced to death by a military court for “espionage and sabotage activities” in a “farce” trial early this year. Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa approved his execution. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

Kulbhushan Jadhav trial: India submits written plea to ICJ as case resumes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India on Wednesday submitted written pleadings to the International Court of Justice in the case involving Kulbhushan Jadhav.“India has written pleadings to ICJ in Jadhav case involving egregious violation of Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by Pakistan. This is in furtherance of our Application filed before Court on 8 May,” the MEA said in a statement after submitting its plea before the ICJ.India had approached the world court demanding immediate suspension of the death sentence given to its former Navy officer by a Pakistan military court.India, whose request for consular access to Jadhav was turned down several times, had approached the ICJ on May 8, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention and conducting a “farcical trial” for convicting Jadhav without a “shred of evidence” following which the court had stayed his execution.On its part, Pakistan told the ICJ that Vienna Convention provisions on consular access were not intended for a “spy” involved in terror activities and charged India with using the world body as a stage for “political theatre” in the Jadhav case.Jadhav was sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan earlier this year on charges of being an Indian spy.

No information on Pakistan providing visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother: MEA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has no official information on Pakistan’s position on providing visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother, the external affairs ministry said today.There has not been any reply from Pakistan either to the request handed over by the High Commissioner or the letter written by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz for grant of visa to Jadhav’s mother, Avantika, the ministry’s spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.”We have no official information on the change of status of the request made to grant the visa to Jadhav’s mother,” he said when asked if there was any formal communication from Pakistan on India’s request for a visa for Avantika to meet her son.India has moved the ICJ against Jadhav’s death penalty by a Pakistan military court. The ICJ had on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing the death sentence.While Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran, India maintains that he was abducted from Iran where he had legitimate business interests.

Death penalty is medieval and wrong: Gopalkrishna Gandhi justifies efforts to save Yakub Memon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition vice presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi today justified his efforts to save Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon from the gallows, saying capital punishment was medieval and wrong.Facing criticism from the Shiv Sena for backing Memon’s mercy plea, he said he did so drawing inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi and Babasaheb Ambedkar, who were against death penalty and wanted it abolished.”As a common, independent citizen, it is my duty to fulfil my principles. I believe in that,” Gandhi said.”In our country, we are living in times of division. A whole force which is dividing our country is in action mode and that spells danger,” the former West Bengal governor told reporters after filing his papers for the vice presidential poll.Top Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh as well as party leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge were present as Gandhi filed his nomination.Also present were other opposition leaders, including JD (U)’s Sharad Yadav, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, NCP’s Tariq Anwar and Praful Patel, NC’s Farooq Abdullah and DMK’s Kanimozhi.Gandhi, the unanimous pick of 18 opposition parties for the vice president’s post, said he was representing the common citizen of the country and not any political party and would try and help bridge the gulf between the public and politics.”People’s faith in politics itself has diminished and has collapsed. I would like to see a revival of that faith.” “… if today so many parties have together proposed a common citizen, then it means that our politics have moved forward,” he said.Responding to the Shiv Sena’s attack on him for petitioning the president to save Memon, Gandhi said, “Shiv Sena is doing its duty with dedication. What Shiv Sena has said, it had to. I feel that the death penalty and capital punishment belong to the medieval ages. Death penalty is wrong and this is my principle.”Gandhi said he wanted to place the facts about Memon’s case before Pranab Mukherjee and wanted him to take a decision as his predecessors K R Narayanan and Abdul Kalam had.”I do not think I need to defend myself on this issue.The death penalty is a death penalty.”He said he had also written a similar petition for Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav, facing death sentence in Pakistan.Responding to a question on whether the odds were against him, he said, “Arithmetic is about numbers, philosophy is about principles. There cannot be anything better than numbers and principle, but sometimes one has to take such steps for principles which are not linked to numbers.” Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari, will contest against the NDA candidate M Venkaiah Naidu in the vice presidential election scheduled to be held on August 5.

I am not associated with any party, my views are my own: Gopalkrishna Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition’s Vice Presidential Candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Tuesday said he doesn’t belong to any party, and he is an ordinary citizen and his views are of his own.”I am an ordinary citizen and I have been selected for this post by the Opposition to represent the common people. I am not associated with any party. My views are my own”, said Gandhi after filling the nomination for the Vice Presidential election.Gandhi said his nomination for the post simply indicates that the Indian politics has risen above and has got connected with the culture.”A gap has been created between the people and the Indian politics. I want to just fill up this gap. I am not here to oppose any individual or party. I am here to all humility to place before electors, the aspirations of the citizens of India”, he said.Gandhi further said that the nation is living in times of division, which spells danger for the future, not only for politics but for the nation and civilization.”I am here not to oppose but to unite the integrated intelligent electoral of the Parliament and the defensive nature of today’s new politics”, he said.Gandhi also took a dig at the Shiv Sena for raising question on his nomination, as he had appealed to grant mercy to 1993 Mumbai serial blast convict, Yakub Memon, saying that he believe death penalty belongs to the medieval ages and its wrong.”My views inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Ambedkar. I had also written to Pakistan Prime Minister, Narendra Modi demanding that he should not hang Kulbhushan Jadhav”, he said.Earlier in the day, Gandhi filed his nomination to be the 13th Vice President of India in the Parliament House. Gandhi was accompanied by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other eminent leaders of various political parties.India will go on poll on August 5 to elect its new Vice President.Gopalkrishna, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, said a total of 18 opposition parties asked him to be their presidential candidate.The term of Vice President, Hamid Ansari, who is also ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, ends on August 10.

No change to Pak’s stance on consular access for Jadhav: India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India said today that there has been no change in Pakistan’s position on providing consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav as also on visa request for his mother, amidst Pakistani media reports that Islamabad was considering to allow her to travel to meet her son. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay also said the case was now before the International Court of Justice and India was following the September 13 timeline to give its submission.There has been no change in Pakistan’s position on providing consular access to Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, as also on visa request for his mother, he said.When asked about reports that Pakistan was considering the Indian request for the grant of visa to Jadhav’s mother, Avantika Jadhav, he said India has no official information on it.Pakistan has so far dismissed 16 request by India for consular access to Jadhav. India had moved the ICJ against Jadhav’s death penalty by a Pakistan military court. The ICJ had on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing the death sentence. While Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran, India maintains that the Indian national was kidnapped from Iran where he had legitimate business interests.

Pakistan considering India’s request to grant visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan is considering granting the the request of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother, Avantika Jadhav, for a visa to visit her son, its foreign office said.India’s ministry of external affairs, however, said that there has been no change in position on providing consular access to Jadhav and a visa to his mother.Jadhav was sentenced to death on charges of spying by a Pakistani military court in April.India had strongly reacted to the news and served a demarche on Abdul Basit, Pakistan’s high commissioner to India. India also raised the issue of denial of consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and said that if the authorities in Pakistan carry out the execution, it will be against international norms.India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj had written a “personal letter” to Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s foreign affairs chief, requesting a grant of visa to Avantika Jadhav, reported Times of India.
ALSO READ WATCH: Kulbhushan Jadhav’s seeks ‘forgiveness’ his actionsOn Monday, she lashed out at his Pakistani counterpart for not even showing the courtesy to reply to her letter, the report added.The International Court of Justice at The Hague had stayed Jadhav’s execution in May till the time the hearing in the case gets over.

China ready to play constructive role in improving Indo-Pak relations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> China has said that it is ready to play a constructive role in improving the ties between India and Pakistan. ?Both Pakistan and India are important countries in South Asia. The conflict between the two countries along the Line of Control in Kashmir is neither conducive to their own stability and development nor regional peace and tranquility,? Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said during a press conference on Wednesday. ?China hopes relevant parties to do more to help with regional peace and stability and refrain from escalating the tension. China stands ready to play a constructive role to improve the relations between Pakistan and India,? he added. Tensions have been running high between the two Asian neighbours amid spree of ceasefire violations and cross-border infiltration from Pakistan side. Relations between India and Pakistan worsened after several terror attacks, including one on an Indian military base in Uri and also on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot. The situation between both nations further deteriorated after a Pakistan military court announced death sentence to former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. Relations between the two nations particularly worsened after the 2008 Mumbai attacks by Pakistan based terrorists.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swaraj takes on Aziz for not ‘acknowledging’ visa request of Jadhav’s mother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday took on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif?s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, for not entertaining a request for visa to the mother of former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death for alleged espionage. Responding to a plea by a Pakistani cancer patient asking for a medical visa, Swaraj said Aziz?s recommendation is required for the same. In a series of tweets, Swaraj appeared to mock Aziz, but at the same time said she would do her best to facilitate grant of a medical visa to the cancer patient. Pointing to Aziz for not showing ?courtesy? in acknowledging her letter, Swaraj, however, assured that India will issue a medical visa immediately to those seeking it as soon as Aziz issues recommendations. ?We also have a visa application pending for an Indian national Mrs.Avantika Jadhav who wants to meet her son in Pakistan /5,? Swaraj tweeted. ?I wrote a personal letter to Mr.Sartaj Aziz for the grant of her visa to Pakistan. /7,? she tweeted. ?However, Mr.Aziz has not shown the courtesy even to acknowledge my letter. /8? she further said. Swaraj?s response comes in the backdrop of a Pakistani woman, suffering from cancer, writing to her asking for her assistance in getting a visa to India. Faiza Tanveer, who is suffering from ameloblastoma, an oral tumour, had submitted a medical visa application which was denied by the Indian Embassy in Islamabad. Things came to light when Tanveer commented on Swaraj’s ‘Eid Mubarak’ tweet, by posting a video of her, highlighting the part of her mouth suffering from cancer. She then tweeted Swaraj asking her to ‘save her life’, as she had already made half of the payment, but was unable to get a medical visa.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sushma Swaraj hits out at Sartaj Aziz over visa snub to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday hit out at her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz saying, he hasn’t shown courtesy to acknowledge her letter for Pakistan visa for Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother.Swaraj’s remark came a day after a Pakistan woman cancer patient sought her help for a medical visa.”I have my sympathies for all Pakistan nationals seeking medical visa for their treatment in India. I am sure Mr Sartaj Aziz also has consideration for the nationals of his country. All that we require is his recommendation for the grant of medical visa to Pakistan nationals,” Sushma Swaraj said in a series of tweets.The External Affairs Minister also said that she sees no reason why Aziz should hesitate to give his recommendation for nationals of his own country.Stating that India also has a visa application pending for Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother Avantika Jadhav who wants to meet her son, she added, “I wrote a personal letter to Mr Sartaj Aziz for the grant of her visa to Pakistan. However, Mr Aziz has not shown the courtesy to even acknowledge my letter.”
ALSO READ ‘Kulbhushan not ordinary prisoner’: Pakistan denies consular access for 18th timeHowever, Swaraj assured Pakistan nationals that they will get a visa if they have a recommendation. “I assure Pakistan nationals seeking medical visa with a recommendation from Mr Sartaj Aziz, we will be issued the visa immediately,” Swaraj added.On Sunday, a woman suffering from cancer in Pakistan had urged Swaraj to help her visit India for treatment after her visa application was reportedly rejected by the Indian embassy here.Faiza Tanveer, 25, is suffering from a recurrent ameloblastoma, an oral tumour which is aggressive in nature.She planned to visit the Inderprastha Dental College and Hospital (IDCH) in Ghaziabad and paid Rs 10 lakh in advance for treatment, according to a Pakistani media report.But the Indian High Commission in Islamabad rejected her medical visa application, the report said.

Petition wants court to refrain Pak govt from pardoning Jadhav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Lahore High Court today held hearing on a petition seeking a court order for stopping the Pakistan government from “pardoning or reducing the sentence” of Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav. Petitioner Mahmood Ahmed Naqvi also pleaded the court to order hanging 46-year-old Jadhav without any further delay, saying that the convict had confessed his involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan. “Kulbhushan Jadhav is a RAW agent and his confession that he had committed terrorism in Pakistan leaves no room for any concession to him,” he said and requested the court to issue an order stopping the Nawaz government from giving any concession like pardoning or reducing his sentence. Justice Shahid Karim sent the petition to the chief justice for constitution of another bench to hear it as he (judge) was going on leave. On June 22, Jadhav had filed a mercy petition before Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. In a statement, the Inter Services Public Relations, media wing of Pakistan military, has claimed that Jadhav has admitted to his involvement in espionage, terrorist and subversive activities in Pakistan and expressed remorse at the resultant loss of many precious innocent lives and extensive damage to property due to his actions. “Jadhav is seeking forgiveness for his actions and he has requested the Chief of Army Staff to spare his life on compassionate grounds,” it said. Jadhav had earlier filed an appeal to the Military Appellate Court, which was rejected. His mercy petition to military appellate court was also rejected. He had been sentenced to death by a military court in April for espionage and terrorism. International Court of Justice in May halted the execution on India’s appeal. In a hearing of the case on May 18, a 10-member bench of the International Court of Justice restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav. Pakistan claims it arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Kulbhushan not ordinary prisoner’: Pakistan denies consular access for 18th time

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistan Foreign Office on Sunday rejected India’s demand for consular access to Indian businessman Kulbhushan Jadhav for the 18th time, saying New Delhi is trying to deny the facts by calling Jadhav an ordinary prisoner.A statement by the Pakistan FO affirmed that Jadhav was sent to Pakistan by Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), and many innocent Pakistanis were killed by him. The Foreign Office further asked India to act upon the bilateral agreement on consular access instead of leveling accusations on Pakistan, Dunya News reported.India on Saturday asked Pakistan to grant consular access to its national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and sabotage activities. India had moved the International court of Justice against the death penalty and the ICJ in its verdict on May 18 had restrained Pakistan for executing Jadhav. Meanwhile, India argued that Pakistan had not granted India consular access, nor had accepted his family’s appeals.
ALSO READ Pak releases Kulbhushan Jadhav’s confessional video; India terms it attempt to influence ICJ through false propaganda The court has asked India to make its submission in the case by September 13 and Pakistan by December 13. Pakistan had also earlier said that Jadhav will not be executed till he “exhausts all his mercy appeals.”Both countries also exchanged lists of nationals lodged in the jails of the other country, in consistent with the provisions of the Agreement on Consular Access between both the neighbouring countries.
ALSO READ WATCH: Kulbhushan Jadhav’s seeks ‘forgiveness’ his actionsThe Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in this statement stated that, “India remains committed to addressing on priority all humanitarian matters with Pakistan, including those pertaining to prisoners and fishermen. In this context, we await from Pakistan confirmation of nationality of those in India’s custody who are otherwise eligible for release and repatriation.”

‘Travesty of logic’ to link Jadhav with civilian prisoners:Pak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today said that it was “travesty of logic” to link the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav with civilian prisoners, a day after India sought early consular access to its national sentenced to death by a military court. “Indian attempt to equate Commander Jadhav’s case with civilian prisoners and fishermen is a travesty of logic,” the Foreign Office said in a statement here. The FO remarks came a day after the two countries exchanged a list of prisoners lodged in each other’s jails. According to the list Pakistan shared with India, at least 546 Indian nationals, including nearly 500 fishermen, are languishing in jails in that country. “Commander Jadhav is a serving Indian Naval officer and sent to Pakistan by its intelligence agency RAW for espionage, terrorism and subversive activities which resulted in loss of many innocent lives and damage to property,” the FO said. It said Pakistan remains committed to the implementation of the 2008 Agreement on Consular access, which stipulates the exchange of comprehensive lists of nationals of each country in the other country’s jails twice a year on January 1 and July 1. Pakistan has implemented the bilateral consular agreement in letter and spirit and is committed to ensuring that humanitarian cases are not held hostage to politics, it added. “We expect India to reciprocate through action rather than rhetoric,” it said. The Foreign Office said that five Indian nationals who completed their sentence were repatriated on June 22. “In contrast, 20 Pakistani civilian prisoners who have completed their sentence still await repatriation, while consular access to 107 Pakistani fishermen and 85 civilian Pakistani prisoners is also pending,” it said. It said that two juvenile Pakistanis – Ali Raza and Babar Ali – who inadvertently crossed the border in July 2016, despite orders of the Indian courts, were repatriated after a year s delay on June 5, 2017. “Indian humanitarian claims appear contrary to reality in view of the impossible conditions imposed for medical visas for Pakistani patients,” it claimed. Under the directive of the Prime Minister, arrangements are being made for such treatments/operations to be carried out in Pakistan, it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jadhav’s confession video shows the torture inflicted upon him Defence experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As India maintains that the second confession video of ex-naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav released by Pakistan is doctored, the defence experts on Friday opined the same, adding that the video shows the extent to which the alleged Indian spy was tortured to say all that. Defence experts Sunil Deshpande and Shivali Deshpande both observed that from the marks seen on Jadhav?s face in the video showed that he has been tortured to forcefully say it. Shivali also argued that a confession video is shot with one camera, instead of a multi-camera set up as used for this confession video, which rather shows as if they were shooting a film. ?Pakistan is again up to its gimmicks. It has released a so-called confession video of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Even a small child who will see this video will be able to make out that it is a doctored video because one can clearly see the marks on Jadhav?s face which shows that he has been tortured to say this. Secondly, this is an entire ISI propaganda that they are running through Kulbhushan Jadhav?s mouth,? Shivali told ANI. Shivali declared that Pakistan should understand that if they kept playing these gimmicks then India will retaliate very strongly. Similary, Sunil Deshpande said that such an action by Pakistan shows its desperateness to carry out the process, even when the International Court of Justice has instructed not to take any action in the same till it comes up with final decision. ?It can be clearly made put that the video is doctored. When you see the video, you can make out how much Kulbhushan Jadhav must have been tortured which can be made out from his face. Even at the ICJ, they had refused to see the video because they knew it was doctored. But, this is the second video. Now, when the case is pending with the ICJ and the international court has clearly said that no action can be taken then how can Pakistan show this video to the entire world. This shows that they are in a hurry to carry out the process,? Sunil Deshpande told ANI. According to a statement released by Pakistan’s Inter?Services Public Relations (ISPR), Jadhav has admitted to charges of espionage, terrorism and subversive activities in the state. Meanwhile, the case is underway in ICJ after India in May appealed against the death sentence to Jadhav, saying Pakistan had not granted India consular access, nor had accepted his family’s appeals. The court has asked India to make its submission in the case by September 13 and Pakistan by December 13. Pakistan had also earlier said that Jadhav will not be executed till he “exhausts all his mercy appeals”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: India dismisses fresh ‘confessional video’ as Pakistan’s ‘false propaganda’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has described as propaganda Pakistan’s fresh claims of evidence against former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav — sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court — after he filed a mercy petition with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa.Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) released a new video claiming it to be Jadhav’s confession.Officials in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, “Confessions under duress have no meaning.” Pakistan has failed to give consular access to Jadhav, they said.Jadhav was convicted of espionage and terrorism in April this year. He was arrested in March 2016 in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province. The case has become a rallying point in India, spurring calls for action to save Jadhav who New Delhi says was carrying out legal businesses when kidnapped and implicated by Pakistan in an unfair trial.”Seeking forgiveness for his actions he has requested the Chief of Army Staff to spare his life on compassionate grounds,” the ISPR statement said.Pakistan’s decision to release another video when Jadhav filed a mercy petition after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed his execution is being seen as another propaganda campaign by Islamabad in the case.India earlier moved The Hague-based court, seeking a stay on his execution on grounds that procedures were not followed under international law and Jadhav did not get consular access. It’s a rare contest by the two nuclear-armed rivals at the top UN legal body whose rulings are binding, but occasionally flouted.The court has put the death sentence on hold till the case is conclusively heard, and directed Pakistan to ensure and inform the bench of all measures taken to ensure that the execution does not take place.

India to repatriate 11 Pakistani prisoners as goodwill gesture today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As a goodwill gesture, India is going to release 11 Pakistani prisoners, who had served out their sentences, and repatriate to Pakistan via the Attari-Wagah border.The Indian Government’s decision to repatriate Pakistani prisoners shows that India attaches huge importance to addressing all humanitarian matters, at a time when the India-Pakistan tensions are at an all time high with Pakistan rangers violating ceasefire along the Line of Control almost on a daily basis.India had moved the International Court of Justice seeking a stay on the execution of alleged Indian spy and former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who the Pakistan Military Court had accused of being involved in subversive and espionage activities.The ICJ had given its verdict in India’s favour following which the tension between the two neighbouring nations escalated to even higher levels.Earlier, India had accused Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), and its leader Maulana Masood Azhar for orchestrating a deadly attack on an Indian air force base in Pathankot in January. The composite dialogue between India and Pakistan were cancelled in August 2015 .Moreover, on March 1, India reciprocated by releasing 39 Pakistani prisoners, comprising 21 civil prisoners and 18 fishermen, lodged in jails after Islamabad freed 218 Indian prisoners.

Why didn’t PM raise Jadhav, LoC issues with Sharif: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking why he did not raise the issues of Kulbhushan Jadhav and ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control when he met Nawaz Sharif at Astana. Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said Modi had asked the Pakistan prime minister about his and his mother’s health, instead of giving a befitting reply to him for killing Indian soldiers. She said Modi had in 2014 questioned the dialogue with Pakistan when soldiers were being killed, but when it came to asking tough questions, he only queried about Sharif’s health. “I want to ask the Prime Minister, when he spoke about Nawaz Sharif’s health and asked about his mother, did the prime minister also speak about Kulbhushan Jadhav,” she said. Chaturvedi asked whether the prime minister thought it fit enough to ask his Pakistani counterpart about why Pakistan continues to violate the Line of Control. “Why is it that our Army jawans are dying almost on a daily basis. Beheading has happened and yet we do not give an answer to the Pakistani prime minister,” she said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged greetings with his Pakistani counterpart in the leaders’ lounge at a reception at Astana Opera in the Kazakh capital organised to welcome leaders participating in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit. The meeting came amid escalating Indo-Pak tensions over a range of issues.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak will continue support to Kashmiris in their struggle: Aziz

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan said today that it will continue to provide “diplomatic, moral and political” support to Kashmiris in their “struggle” for the right to self- determination. Pakistan’s adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz said this while giving a statement in the Senate, the upper house of Parliament. He said “Pakistan will continue its diplomatic, moral, and political support to the people of Kashmir in their struggle for right to self-determination”. Aziz said “the arrest of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and reported deaths of some Indians in the recent blast in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, which is very close to Pakistan’s border, clearly shows continuing Indian presence in the neighbouring country, which is orchestrating terrorist attacks in Pakistan”, Radio Pakistan reported. “This state terrorism by India is condemnable and needs to end forthwith,” he said, adding that Pakistan is cognisant of the “nefarious designs of New Delhi” and is actively taking complete action in this regard. Aziz said Islamabad has effectively highlighted Indian interference in Pakistan at the international fora. He said “Indian atrocities in Kashmir are continuing unabated and have intensified” after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. “Pakistan strongly condemns Indian barbaric activities in Kashmir,” Aziz added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kulbhushan Jadhav will not be executed until mercy pleas exhausted, says Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence, Pakistan said today that the Indian national would not be executed until he has exhausted his mercy appeals.Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria released a statement which he claimed was aimed at addressing “certain misrepresentations/false statements/allegations” made in the Indian media following the ICJ’s provisional measures order of May 18 in the Jadhav case. Zakaria asserted that irrespective of the ICJ’s stay, Jadhav would remain alive, until he has exhausted the right to request for clemency, initially with the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) and later with the Pakistan President.He accused the Indian government of misusing the media to create a “false impression of winning” Jadhav’s case in the ICJ. “Indian media, backed by the official quarters, misled people in the two countries by propagating that India has won” in Jadhav’s case, he said. “The discussions that ensued in the two countries showed a complete lack of understanding of the matter,” Zakaria said.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan Attorney General to lead team to ICJ meet on June 8He said the Indian media, based on the reported briefing by official quarters, called ICJ’s letter dated May 8, 2017, the day India filed its petition, to the Pakistan government as a “stay on Jadhav’s execution”. “This is a lie. The ICJ noted that lie,” he claimed. Jadhav, 46, was in April sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities” against the country.The ICJ on May 18 stayed the execution of Jadhav. Zakaria said that the ICJ stated clearly that its decision on provisional measures was not concerned with “jurisdiction/ merits” and it considered that Jadhav would not be executed until the full hearing. “This is nothing unusual,” Zakaria asserted. He said that a full hearing will take place after the court sets down a timetable on June 8 at the Hague. “We have given the court our arguments on merits and jurisdiction. It has not ruled on any of these arguments,” he said. Zakaria said that the case at the ICJ concerns whether Jadhav is entitled to consular access.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav providing ‘crucial intelligence’ on terror attacks, claims PakistanAsserting that Pakistan’s position in this matter has been made clear, Zakaria said, “We had sought information from India” on January 23, 2017, on the basis of Jadhav’s confession and statements. “India has not responded despite reminders,” he said. He also said that in the three previous cases in the ICJ, the request for release or acquittal was not granted by the court, which stated that it does not have the power to give out such orders.Zakaria said that the case is also about whether Jadhav is entitled to consular access because of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and not about whether the ICJ can act as a court of appeal for Pakistani legal proceedings. He claimed the “propaganda” that the Pakistani side did not counter the Indian argument related to the 2008 consular access agreement is also a “lie”. The ICJ ruling had triggered criticism of the Pakistan Foreign Office for its “poor handling” and also for its choice of attorney Khawar Qureshi, who presented Pakistan’s case before the ICJ.

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan Attorney General to lead team to ICJ meet on June 8

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan’s Attorney-General Ashtar Ausaf Ali will lead a team to the International Court of Justice at The Hague on June 8 for a meeting of “agents” from India and Pakistan with the court’s president to discuss the future proceedings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.The decision to send the attorney general was taken at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security yesterday to discuss Pakistan’s strategy in the case, Dawn reported.National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq chaired the meeting.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pak parl panel ‘dissastisfied’ with Sharif govt’s handling at ICJDuring the meeting of “agents”, the dates for subsequent hearings and submission of documents related to the case India has brought against Pakistan over the death sentence given to Indian national Jadhav following a “secret” trial will be discussed, the report said.Pakistan is also likely to indicate its intention to nominate an ad-hoc judge for the case.The ICJ statutes provide for a state party to a case, which does not have a judge of its nationality on the bench, to choose a person to sit as an ad-hoc judge in that case.The parliamentary committee took up the issue after India was granted provisional measures by the ICJ on May 18 restraining Pakistan from executing Jadhav, 46, who had been convicted of espionage and sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court.India approached the ICJ citing that it had been repeatedly denied consular access to Jadhav in violation of the provisions of the Vienna Convention.The attorney-general also briefed the participants of the meeting about the Pakistan government’s strategy for the case.The committee members were reportedly not satisfied by the explanations given by the government’s legal team about the case at the last meeting.The National Assembly speaker told the media that he was satisfied with the briefing by the attorney general yesterday.Senator Sherry Rehman of the Pakistan Peoples Party, however, disputed Speaker Sadiq, saying that everything that was shared with the parliamentary committee members were ‘open source’ information and the replies were unsatisfactory.”They have committed a lot of mistakes,” Rehman said.Yesterday’s meeting was the second time the committee had met on Jadhav case. It will meet again on June 15.

India ready for any security challenge along the LoC and international border: Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Army is in “domination” along the full stretch of the Line of Control and the international border in Jammu and Kashmir and is “fully prepared” to deal with any security challenge, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday.He said the internal situation in Pakistan is such that the country needs to keep alive the “tension” over the Kashmir issue, adding India had made sustained efforts to create an environment for talks.Jaitley also defended an Army officer who had tied a man to a jeep as a human shield against stone-pelters in Kashmir last month, saying he must have taken the decision considering the ground realities.
ALSO READ J&K: 10 terrorists have been killed in past 24 hours, announces Indian ArmyAsked whether there is a possibility of escalation of the tension between the two countries, he said it was not possible to say about it.”There is domination of our forces along LoC and the international border. All required steps are being taken by the Army to stop infiltration,” Jaitley told DD News.He also said Pakistan will have to pay a price for acts like beheading of Indian soldiers.The defence minister said India made every effort to create an environment for talks but then the attacks on Pathankot and Uri military bases had taken place. He also cited mutilation of two soldiers by Pakistan and death sentence handed to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court.”Our army is fully prepared. I cannot make public the information I have. But I can say that our border and LoC are fully protected. The only priority of the army now is to not allow infiltration.”We have domination over the LoC and IB and it will continue,” he said.Jaitley also asserted that India is not adopting softer approach in dealing with cross border terrorism.Asked whether there is lack of coordination between Defence Ministry and armed forces, he replied in negative.He said the strategic partnership model will boost the domestic defence industry.”You cannot go around the world buying military equipment just when they are needed the most,” he said.The Union Cabinet earlier this week had given a go ahead to the ‘strategic partnership’ model under which select private firms will be engaged to build military platforms like fighter jets, submarines and battle tanks.The new policy is expected to attract billions of dollars of investment in defence manufacturing by private defence majors including leading foreign firms.

Pak hikes defence budget by 7 pc amid tensed ties with India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today proposed to hike its defence budget by nearly seven per cent to Rs 920 billion amid growing tension with India along the Line of Control. “We have increased the defence budget to Rs 920 billion (from Rs 860 billion),” Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said as he presented the federal budget for 2017-18 fiscal in the National Assembly. Dar also announced a 10 per cent increase of “special allowance” to the armed forces for their contribution in defeating militants throughout operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ launched three years ago. Pakistan’s proposed increase in the defence outlay and for its armed forces came as tension with India soared over a host of contentious issues. Tensions have run high between India and Pakistan over a host of issues, including the status of Kashmir. India has accused Pakistan of supporting militants, who infiltrate from the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir into the Valley and target Indian security forces. One such attack in September last year killed 18 Indian soldiers and India retaliated with “surgical strikes” on terrorist launchpads in PoK. Most recently, the Pakistan Army sentenced Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav on charges of espionage after a secret trial. India had demanded consular access to Jadhav, which Pakistan repeatedly denied, claiming the man was an Indian spy. India took Pakistan to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague over the matter, which in an interim order stopped Pakistan from executing Jadhav, and said India should have been given consular access as per the Vienna Convention. India and Pakistan are also at loggerheads over a China- backed economic corridor that runs through PoK. China says it is a developmental project and will aid Pakistan’s economy. Last year, Pakistan recorded a 5.28 per cent GDP growth – the highest in 10 years and the volume of its economy crossed USD 300 billion. The total estimated outlay of the budget presented today will be 4.75 trillion rupees, according to minister Dar. The government proposed a 6 per cent GDP growth for 2017 -18 fiscal and the development expenditure for next year will be 1.001 trillion rupees, Dar said. Infrastructure would get maximum allocation in the development sector, according to Dar. He said the minimum wage will be set at 15,000 rupees, while announcing a 10 per cent increase in the basic salary of government employees and pensioners. It was the fifth and last budget of the Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz government which came to power in May 2013.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No information on status of appeal by Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother: India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has no information on the status of appeal or the petition given by the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage, to the Pakistan government. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said it was up to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to decide the future course in the case. “We have no information on the petition and appeal Jadav’s mother had sent. Our High Commission has handed over it to the Pakistan government. We do not know the charges against him. We had sought court documents which have not come to us,” he said. On the reports emerging from Pakistan quoting a former Pakistani army officer that Jadhav was arrested from Iran, Baglay said the government has been saying since last year that he had been kidnapped from Iran. In the absence of the consular access to him, the circumstances of his presence in Pakistan remains unexplained, he added. On the future course of action in the case, Baglay said, “ICJ matter is sub judice. We had a great relief last week when the ICJ passed the order for provisional measures. It is up to the court to decide what will be in future…As the court proceedings unfold, we will have to see what facts to submit to ICJ. It is up to the legal team which the government has assembled.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian woman ‘forced to marry Pakistani at gunpoint’ returns

Uzma crossed the border into India after a court in Islamabad granted her request to leave.

Indian arrested in Islamabad: Govt asks Pakistan for consular access

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has sought from Pakistan consular access to a person, reportedly an Indian, who has been arrested here for not possessing travel and visa documents.Sheikh Nabi Ahmed, who hailed from Jogeshwari East in Mumbai, was taken into custody on May 19 after he failed to produce any travel or visa documents, according to media reports.The Indian national was walking on a road when he was stopped at a check post here. Police demanded to check his visa documents after he told them that he was an Indian. However, Ahmed could not produce any document and was taken into police custody, the reports said.The Indian High Commission in Pakistan has sought consular access as well as other details from the Pakistani government over reports that an Indian national has been arrested here for not possessing travel and visa documents, official sources in New Delhi said.The arrest of the Indian national came days after the International Court of Justice stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities” against the country.

Pakistan asks ICJ for early hearing in Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan has asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to hold an early hearing in the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court, a media report said today.The Express Tribune, citing sources, reported that the Pakistan Foreign Office has sent a letter to the Hague-based ICJ’s registrar, expressing Pakistan’s desire for a quick hearing, preferably over the next few weeks.The request was made in view of the upcoming elections for ICJ judges, scheduled to be held in November, it quoted the sources as saying.A senior official, however, was quoted as saying that the ICJ might resume the hearing in the case in October.”The government (however) wants the hearing (to be held in the) next six weeks,” he said.Pakistan’s Attorney-General Ashtar Ausaf Ali is expected to attend the ICJ proceedings. The federal government, however, has not taken any decision about replacing Pakistan’s attorney Khawar Quraishi.”His performance is satisfactory…He raised all (relevant) legal points during the hearing,” a senior official of the law ministry was quoted as saying.The report, citing sources, also said the government was considering a few names for nominating them for the post of adhoc ICJ judge.The name of a senior lawyer was also under consideration, it said.The report comes just days after ICJ stayed Jadhav’s execution and also endorsed the Indian request for consular access to him.India on May 8 had moved the ICJ against the death penalty handed down to Jadhav by a Pakistani military court.Legal experts were beginning to wonder why Pakistan wants to appoint a foreigner as an adhoc judge when every state prefers to nominate its own lawyers, the report said.They are calling on the attorney-general’s office to consult local lawyers before finalising a legal strategy in this regard, it said.A senior lawyer, with vast experience of international arbitration, was quoted as saying that it was necessary to revamp the legal wing of the Foreign Office because it failed to give proper advice to deal with Jadhav’s case.Pakistan Bar Council’s (PBC) executive member Raheel Kamran Sheikh expressed concern over Pakistan’s dismal success rate in international arbitration at just two per cent.He pointed out that “India’s success rate was 60 per cent”.”We have lost important cases at international forums over the past couple of years, while spending more than a billion rupees in lawyers’ fees,” he said.According to Sheikh, the mishandling of Jadhav’s case was a classic example of how the power struggle between military and political institutions played out and gaps in foreign policy and national security perspectives grew.”State may suffer irreparable damage if gaps are not immediately bridged…in the national interest by both centres of power,” Sheikh said.A senior official in the attorney-general’s office was quoted as saying that although India got the stay on Jadhav’s execution, ultimately Pakistan would win the case.”We are in no hurry to execute him (Jadhav) as he is making more disclosures,” he claimed.Jadhav’s case is the latest flash-point in the tensions between Pakistan and India. The two countries last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft.

Indian held in Pakistan may have had links with SIMI: Maha ATS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After an Indian national was arrested from the F-8 area of Islamabad on Sunday over allegedly possessing inadequate travel documents, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) got in touch with the Centre to probe if the ‘Nabi’, who figured in the interrogation, is the same ‘Nabi’, who had connections with the (SIMI) in 2005-06.Meanwhile, a case has been filed against Sheikh Nabi Ahmed, the Indian national who was caught in Pakistan, under Article 14 of the Foreign Act and has been sent to 14-day judicial remand.A copy of the FIR read “Indian citizen named Sheikh Nabi Ahmed arrested in Sector 8 Islamabad; Police on May 19 found incomplete documents with Ahmed; He was also unable to provide his biodata to police upon inquiry; He has been arrested under Section 14 of the Foreign Act and has been sent to a judicial remand. At 9:40 the accused was walking on foot and appeared different from his looks and clothes. He was stopped and questioned during which he revealed his name as Sheikh Nabi Ahmed s/o Sheikh Raees Ahmed and address as House No. 755 opposite Tabassum Hotel, Bandra plot, Jogeshwari (East), Mumbai, India. During the inquiry it was found that he was staying in Pakistan without any passport or permission. He committed the crime of staying in Pakistan without any Visa or NOC for which he was booked under Section 14 of the Foreign Act.”
ALSO READ Indian Sheikh Nabi Ahmed arrested in Pakistan for staying without passport or documents, claims FIRThe incident came amid an already heated environment between India and Pakistan over the death sentence awarded to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan military court. Following the verdict, New Delhi took the matter to the International Court of Justice, which recently stayed the execution until final decision.

Congress dismisses ICJ intervention in Kashmir issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Responding to reports of Pakistan?s alleged move to seek redressal on the Kashmir issue from the International Court of Justice, the Congress on Monday, while dismissing the plausibility of the same, said the ICJ?s interference in the matter is not a practical move, adding that Islamabad is gravely ?mistaken in the matter?. ?In the matter of execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, India had no choice but to approach the ICJ, since consular access itself was denied. A long-pending issue like Kashmir is not one to be solved by the ICJ. This is not practical, since the two cases are very different from one another,? Congress leader P.C. Chacko told ANI. Developing on this premise, Chacko asserted that the Kashmir issue, although having been deliberated multiple times at international forums can be resolved only by means of a bilateral agreement. ?In this context, if Pakistan thinks the Kashmir issue can be raised at the ICJ, Pakistan is highly mistaken,? added Chacko. According to local media reports published in Pakistan, top authorities in the government are seeking to move the ICJ over the dispute with India for decades over Occupied Kashmir, an issue that has triggered wars between the two countries thrice. Reportedly, Pakistan is to dispatch an ad-hoc judge to the international court while a legal team would also be formed to assist counsel in the ICJ for Pakistan, Khawar Qureshi. Sources privy to the government have reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sought recommendations of institutions concerned in this regard. Earlier in 1999, Pakistan claimed USD60 million in compensation after a Pakistan Navy aircraft, flying well inside Pakistani territory, was downed by India. This year, India filed a petition in the international court to seek provisional stay of the alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav?s execution, who was convicted of espionage by an impartial military court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak lawyer Khawar Qureshi represented India once in U.S. case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lawyer Khawar Qureshi who represented the Pakistan Government at the Inter?national Court of Justice (ICJ) hearing in The Hague in connection with the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, represented India 15 years ago in an arbitration matter in the United States. According to the Dawn, the arbitration before an international tribunal in the United States was initiated by Enron over the closure of the Dabhol power project. Millions of dollars were at stake for India and initially Salve was retained as counsel for a concessional fee of Rs. 100,000 for a day?s hearing. However, a sudden change of heart forced the legal firm Fox and Mandal to hire Qureshi. India ultimately lost the Enron case and also paid a heavy fee to Qureshi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Simla Agreement binds Pak to solve Kashmir issue bilaterally Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Reminding Pakistan of the Simla Agreement over Advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz?s ?taking Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ)? assertion, the Congress Party on Monday said Islamabad cannot succeed in any such endeavour as the accord binds the two countries to solve it bilaterally. Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said the issue of consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and Kashmir are two very different things and one cannot draw parallel between the two. ?The Simla Agreement did bind both countries down to only bilaterally finding a solution. It further added that they can use other methods if they mutually agree to do so, but, not if they not mutually agree to do so. We went to the ICJ not on the Kashmir issue, but in connection with consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. So, I don?t see how he (Sartaj Aziz) can attempt to draw parallel between going to the court on one issue and trying to internationalise another issue,? Aiyar told ANI. Defence expert P.K. Sehgal also opined the same, saying that even if Pakistan takes up the Kashmir issue to the ICJ, India will be able to prove that it?s a bilateral issue. ?I am very certain, before we went to the ICJ, every aspect was looked into. We were fully aware of the fact that Pakistan would like to nefarious issues to the ICJ. India was conscious that Pakistan would try to exploit this. However, Pakistan is forgetting that Simla Agreement has been universally accepted, by the United Nations, European Union, America and China. Even China has said that Kashmir is a bilateral issue and has to be resolved bilaterally,? Sehgal told ANI. Aziz earlier on Saturday said that India has made a mistake by going to the ICJ as it has now paved the way for Pakistan to raise the matter of alleged humanitarian violations in Kashmir. While answering to the question as to why Pakistan entered the ICJ on the Kulbhushan Jadhav matter, he said Pakistan is a member state of the United Nations and the decision was taken after consultation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian Sheikh Nabi Ahmed arrested in Pakistan for staying without passport or documents, claims FIR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian national arrested in Islamabad for staying without permission An Indian national was arrested from the F-8 area of Islamabad under the Margalla police station on Sunday, over allegedly living their without proper permission or travel documents. A case has been filed against him under Article 14 of the Foreign Act and has been sent to 14-day judicial remand.A copy of the FIR read Indian citizen named Sheikh Nabi Ahmed arrested in Sector 8 Islamabad; Police on May 19 found incomplete documents with Ahmed. He was also unable to provide his biodata to police upon inquiry. He has been arrested under Section 14 of the Foreign Act and has been sent to a judicial remand.At 9:40 the accused was walking on foot and appeared different from his looks and clothes. He was stopped and questioned during which he revealed his name as Sheikh Nabi Ahmed s/o Sheikh Raees Ahmed and address as House No. 755 opposite Tabassum Hotel, Bandra plot, Jogeshwari (East), Mumbai, India. During the inquiry it was found that he was staying in Pakistan without any passport or permission. He committed the crime of staying in Pakistan without any Visa or NOC for which he was booked under Section 14 of the Foreign Act.’The incident comes amid an already heated environment between India and Pakistan over the death sentence awarded to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan military court. Following the verdict, New Delhi took the matter to International Court of Justice, which recently stayed the execution until final decision

Kulbhushan Jadhav’s Mother’s appeal received, considering It, says Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly three weeks after India handed over to Pakistan an appeal by the mother of retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death on charges of ‘spying’, Islamabad has said it is being considered.”Pakistani authorities have received an appeal against the death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav from his mother, which is being considered,” reported NDTV quoting Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs.On April 26, the appeal on behalf of Jadhav was given to Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua by Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale, who also handed over a petition by Jadhav’s mother seeking the Pakistan government’s intervention for his release and expressing the desire to meet him.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav case: After facing humiliating defeat at ICJ, Pak to constitute new team of lawyers However, Pakistan’s top diplomat also said that the International Court of Justice has not given any order regarding consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav.”The ICJ has only asked Pakistan to keep a stay on Jadhav’s execution until it arrives at a decision,” Aziz said.
ALSO READ Cleric who wanted Sonu Nigam’s head shaved now offers Rs 20 lakh to garland Pak PM with Jadhav’s shoesAddressing a press conference, Aziz said that when it comes to cases involving the death penalty, the international court has always given a stay order.Aziz claimed that Jadhav Jadhav was not an ordinary Indian, he was ‘an officer in the Indian Navy who has also admitted to carrying out espionage activities in Pakistan.’
ALSO READ ‘Kulbhushan Jadhav is bigger terrorist than Ajmal Kasab’, says Pervez Musharraf Jadhav was given death sentence by the Field General Court Martial earlier this month, evoking a sharp reaction in India which warned Pakistan of consequences and damage to bilateral ties if the “pre-meditated murder” was carried out.The ICJ has asserted its jurisdiction over the case of the 46-year-old former Indian Navy officer while noting that the circumstances of his arrest remain disputed.

ICJ hasn’t given any order to give consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The International Court of Justice has not given any order regarding consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death according to the laws of Pakistan, the country’s top diplomat said today.”The ICJ has only asked Pakistan to keep a stay on Jadhav’s execution until it arrives at a decision,” Pakistan PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said.Addressing a press conference here, Aziz said that when it comes to cases involving the death penalty, the international court has always given a stay order.
ALSO READ Congress only respects ‘Made in Pakistan’: BJP slams UPA for hiring lawyer Khawar Qureshi in 2004He said the ICJ has not decided on consular access either and has only intimated that the matter will come under discussion.Aziz claimed that Jadhav was not an ordinary Indian, he was “an officer in the Indian Navy who has also admitted to carrying out espionage activities in Pakistan.” Jadhav was sentenced according to the laws of Pakistan after he admitted to entering the country on fake passport and involvement in terror activities, the top diplomat added.Responding to questions about the legal team representing Pakistan, Aziz said they had “only five days to prepare for the appearance…the decision to send Khawar Qureshi was a unanimous one”.He, however, added that Pakistan will further strengthen its legal team and that it will go forward into the case with full preparation.”We will go with a strong team in the next hearing,” he added.Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.Jadhav’s case is the latest flashpoint in the tensions between Pakistan and India.

Congress defends move to replace Harish Salve with Khawar Qureshi in 2004

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lashing out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over its accusations at the Congress replacing former solicitor general of India Harish Salve with Pakistani counsel Khawar Qureshi in the 2004 Dabhol Power Corporation matter, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala hit back at the BJP and defended Khawar Qureshi.He told ANI: “Khawar Qureshi, who is being portrayed as a terrorist, has been a part of the Queen’s Counsel (QC) since 1990. He is an additional high court judge in the United Kingdom, and also a professor at the Cambridge University. He was appointed by the Indian government when two investors from Enron filed a case against India at the International Court of Arbitration in 2004.”Defending Qureshi, Surjewala retaliated against the BJP while questioning their decision to hire an advocate in the Italian marine fiasco, who is now representing Pakistan in the Kishenganga Project case in Kashmir.
ALSO READ WION Exclusive: Pak’s ICJ lawyer Khawar Qureshi was hired by Congress-led UPA in 2004Developing his scathing attack, Surjewala further questioned the involvement of Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in defending Union Carbide India Ltd., the place where the infamous Bhopal Gas Tragedy took place in 1984.”Over 3,500 people were killed in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in Union Carbide, whose advocate is Arun Jaitley. I would like to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP to justify this first, before questioning Qureshi and the UPA,” said Surjewala.
ALSO READ Congress only respects ‘Made in Pakistan’: BJP slams UPA for hiring lawyer Khawar Qureshi in 2004Putting a stamp of confirmation over the UPA government’s move to replace former solicitor general of India Harish Salve with Pakistan counsel Khawar Qureshi to represent India’s stance in the Dabhol Power Corporation case back in 2004, senior lawyer Aman Sinha said that Salve indeed told him he was counselling for the matter initially, but was later replaced.“Harish Salve told me that he was appearing initially. When the Congress Government came, he was replaced by Khawar Qureshi, the same counsel who he defeated at the International Court of Justice?s (ICJ) recent hearing moving to stall the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Sinha told ANI.
ALSO READ Congress replaced Harish Salve with Pak-origin lawyer Khawar Qureshi in 2004Earlier, the BJP accused the Congress of being Pakistan’s voice on a host of issues.BJP spokesperson G V L Narsimha Rao said the party must explain why its government hired Khawar Qureshi in the “very sensitive” Enron case.The Congress-led UPA government had changed the legal team representing India in the arbitration case against the US firm over the controversial Dabhol power project, he said.This was a question linked to “patriotism”, Rao told reporters.”What was the compulsion that the UPA government hired Qureshi?… Over the last few years we have seen several incidents of the Congress speaking in support of Pakistan. It was speaking in Pakistan’s voice on the surgical strikes as well,” Rao told reporters.Citing the example of Harish Salve, who was the lead counsel for India at the ICJ this week, he said it was surprising that the UPA government could not find an Indian lawyer to represent the country in such a sensitive case.Rao named Congress leaders Salman Khurshid and Mani Shankar Aiyar as instances of Congress leaders allegedly speaking in support of Pakistan.The ICJ this week stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested by Pakistan on charges of espionage and subversive activities. While Pakistan claims he was nabbed from Balochistan, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.With inputs from PTI and ANI

Pakistan bound by ICJ verdict, says Salman Khurshid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Responding to Pakistan?s refusal to abide by the verdict delivered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the execution of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, senior Congress leader and former law minister Salman Khurshid said it was mandatory to comply with what was asked of them. ?The verdict is very clear. When appearing before the ICJ, you are bound by its orders. The ICJ has demanded an update on what is being done to stall the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, and Pakistan will have to provide all that is necessary in this regard,? Khurshid told ANI. Earlier in the day, Advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz asserted that Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav cannot be acquitted by the ICJ and his punishment will be in accordance with domestic laws. He argued that Indian rant of victory following the ICJ’s stay at the execution of Jadhav was false because the final verdict was yet to come. “The ICJ gave no verdict regarding consul access”, he added. Aziz said that India had made a mistake by going to the ICJ as it paved the way for Pakistan to raise the matter of humanitarian violations in Kashmir. While answering to the question as to why Pakistan moved the ICJ on the Kulbhushan Jadhav matter, he said Pakistan was a member state of the United Nations and the decision was taken after consultation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt may step in if triple talaq practice not changed: Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government may have to step in and enact a law to ban triple talaq if the Muslim community fails to “change” the practice, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu said.”It is for the society to take up the issue and it will be good if the (Muslim) society itself changed the practice. Otherwise, a situation may arise where the government will have to bring in a legislation (banning triple talaq),” Naidu said while addressing a meeting.”This is not to interfere in anybody’s personal matters, but at the same time it’s a question of justice to women. All women should have equal rights. Equality before law…that’s the issue,” the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister said.He recalled that laws were enacted to rid certain evil practises even in the Hindu society, like child marriage, sati and dowry.”The Hindu society discussed child marriages and Parliament passed a legislation banning it. Second is sati sahagaman, an ancient practice, wherein a woman too ended her life following her husband’s death. Now it is prohibited by law, by the Hindu society itself. Third is dowry. The Dowry Prohibition Act was passed and the Hindu society accepted it,” the Union Minister pointed out.”When it felt that such practices were against the society’s good, the Hindu society discussed them and brought in reforms. Some more reforms are also needed and efforts should be made in that direction,” he added.”See humans as humans and don’t separate them as Hindus, Christians or Muslims. No injustice should be done to women by such discrimination,” Venkaiah maintained.The minister was felicitated by several associations and well-wishers upon his recent election as chairman of the governing council of UN-Habitat.”I feel happy whenever the world recognises India. Take the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. For the first time in history, India went to the International Court of Justice and obtained a stay against Pakistan’s foolish act of trying to execute Jadhav. This is something we all should feel happy about,” Venkaiah noted.Recalling his long political career, Venkaiah said the “only desire” left in him was to see Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister for ten years. “Mood of the nation is to go with Modi. If he is Prime Minister for a full ten years, India will emerge more stronger in the world,” he said.

Jadhav case to be taken to logical conclusion as per law: Khan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case would be taken to its logical conclusion in accordance with Pakistan’s law and constitution, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said today. Addressing the passing out parade of Frontier Corps, Khan said certain elements are on the payroll of “our enemies” and receiving funds from them to stoke anarchy and unrest in the country. Jadhav, 46, is “an Indian spy who was involved in heinous crimes against Pakistan and was convicted as per the country’s law,” the minister claimed. “The case of Jadhav will be taken to its logical conclusion in accordance with the country’s law and constitution,” he said. His comments came after International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed Jadhav’s execution and also endorsed Indian request for consular access to him. The Pakistan government has come under a lot of criticism for its “mishandling” of the case at ICJ. Khan claimed Jadhav’s arrest prevented more acts of terror which his network had planned. “If we had not arrested him on time, he would have carried more activities against the country,” he said. He said Jadhav has confessed his role in terrorism across the country and “there is no confusion about this.” “Jadhav has been sentenced according to the constitution of Pakistan because he was arrested in the country and was involved in anti-state activities,” the minister said. He rejected the impression that Pakistan had agreed on the ICJ jurisdiction which would hamper Jadhav’s execution. Khan also said that relations with Afghanistan should improve but Islamabad will not accept the Afghan leadership to speak the language of “our enemy.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan’s moves at ICJ irrelevant- Congress @ 5/20/2017 4:14:49 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress party on Saturday dubbed Pakistan?s move to appoint an ad hoc judge to the bench of International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. A senior Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad told ANI, ?Pakistan should have provided counselor access to Jadhav much before, and now even though Pakistan may plan to appoint an ad hoc judge to the bench, that will not change the ICJ?S verdict since Jadhav is innocent.? ?Dragging India to the ICJ on Kashmir issue is irrelevant as well, because as per the Simla Agreement signed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan in 1972, no third party will be allowed to resolve the Kashmir issue.? Ahmad added. Another congress leader P.C. Chacko said, ?There is a clear violation of international rules in the arrest and punishment of Kulbhushan Jadhav. The ICJ has given a stay, and now, they (Pakistan) must choose to adhere to the international rules.? ?The Kashmir issue can only be sorted out with the help of bilateral negotiations and Pakistan has no right to drag India to the ICJ on the Kashmir issue.? Chacko added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Don’t get over excited about ICJ order, Sena tells govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena on Saturday asked the government not to get over excited over the ruling given by the International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case until the Indian national is brought back home safely.It, however, hailed the efforts taken by the External Affairs Ministry to secure the release of the former Navy officer, who has been sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan on espionage charges.”Pakistan’s arguments have been decimated in the court at The Hague. But the fight has not ended yet. We cannot forget the handiwork of Pakistan and also Sarabjit Singh’s murder in a Lahore jail. Thus, the government should not get over excited over the ICJ order and remember that worries won’t end till Kulbhushan Jadhav is brought back safely,” the Sena said in an editorial in-party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.It said the diplomatic moves made by the External Affairs Ministry from the very beginning proved to be important in Jadhav’s case.”External Affairs Minister (Sushma Swaraj) had been from the beginning assuring that India will do everything possible to save Jadhav’s life and her assurances have proved true at the first stage. She needs to be congratulated for this,” it said.The Sena also praised India’s lawyer at the International Court of Justice, Harish Salve, saying the credit of the interim order going in India s favour went to the effective way he presented our case, laying out facts and the manner in which Pakistan had violated clauses of the Vienna Convention.Since Jadhav’s arrest last year in March, India had sought consular access to him over a dozen times. It wasn’t granted even once by Pakistan.On May 18, in a major boost to India, which moved the UN’s highest judicial body against the death sentence, the ICJ instructed Pakistan to take all “necessary measures at its disposal” to ensure that Jadhav was not executed pending a final decision by it.

Defence experts confident of ICJ verdict in favour of India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As Pakistan filed a plea with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to rehear stay on former Indian Naval officer and alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, defence experts on Saturday said that the Pakistan?s case is too weak and expressed confidence that no matter what Islamabad does the court?s verdict will be in favour of India. ?The case itself is weak, whether Pakistan file a plea or not the case will remain as it is and the ICJ will stand firm in providing legal access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and also that the death sentence should be stayed,? defence expert Colonel Sunil Deshpande told ANI. He said that Pakistan case was weak, due to which it has faced lots of criticism in its own country and added that no matter what Pakistan does, the fact remains that its image has gone down completely across the world. Echoing similar sentiments another Defence Expert Ranjit Rai asserted that the Pakistan is in a state of shock with the decision of ICJ and added that Islamabad may file a plea but the case is wide open and court?s decision will be awaited. ?Pakistan is shelf shocked with the decision of the international court of justice. They cannot hang Jadhav nor can they do anything without the full trial going through in the Pakistan row,? Rai told ANI. Earlier on Friday, a day after the ICJ stayed the death sentence awarded to Jadhav by the Pakistan military court, Islamabad filed a plea in Hague to rehear the case within six weeks. “Pakistan was set to re-challenge the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice after it granted injunction on Thursday on an Indian plea to stay Jadhav’s execution,” said Dunya News. Earlier in a major reprieve to India, the primary judicial organ of the United Nations cited that both – India and Pakistan – were bound by the Vienna Convention and that the rights invoked by New Delhi under the Vienna Convention were plausible. Justice Ronny Abraham of the ICJ said that the case was indeed debatable, while also adding that the ICJ had prime facie jurisdiction in the case. Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, India should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer. A military court awarded death sentence to Jadhav on April 10 on spying and terrorism charges. According to law, he can make a clemency appeal to the Chief of the Pakistan Army within 60 days of the verdict of the appellate court. This means Jadhav can challenge till the end of Saturday his death sentence in an appellate court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Why India going to ICJ was a truly unconventional move

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case could be one of the rare cases before the International Court of Justice, which often sees matters related to maritime and territorial dispute. The ICJ yesterday stayed the execution of Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court which said he was an Indian spy. Currently, there are 15 cases, including Jadhav’s, before the ICJ. Of these seven are about maritime and territorial dispute. An information officer at the ICJ told PTI the number of cases at The Hague was increasing steadily, but did not give figures. “Since the ICJ has almost a universal jurisdiction, we get a varied number of cases, but most of these matters relate to land and sea boundary,” the official said.
ALSO READ WION Exclusive: Pak’s ICJ lawyer Khawar Qureshi was hired by Congress-led UPA in 2005For instance, there is a maritime dispute between Nicaragua and Costa Rica in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. A similar dispute over maritime boundary in the Indian Ocean is pending with the court involving Somalia and Kenya.The question of delimitation of the continental shelf between Nicaragua and Colombia beyond 200 nautical miles from the Nicaraguan coast is also awaiting a decision.
ALSO READ Pak files plea to rehear Kulbhushan Jadhav case at ICJ in six weeks: ReportThere are also cases such as Iran instituting proceedings against the United States with regard to a dispute concerning alleged violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity. The ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations with a seat at the Peace Palace in The Hague in the Netherlands.It began work in 1946, when it replaced the Permanent Court of International Justice which had functioned in the Peace Palace since 1922. The court is composed of 15 judges elected to nine-year terms of office by the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council.
ALSO READ Felt a positive energy while arguing case: Harish Salve hails ICJ order after playing match-winning innings Elections are held every three years for one-third of the seats, and retiring judges may be re-elected. The members of the Court do not represent their governments but are independent magistrates. An Indian judge, Justice Dalveer Bhandari, is among the the judges at the ICJ.

PTI blames Sharif for ICJ stay of Jadhav execution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has blamed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the International Court of Justice?s (ICJ) temporary stay of the execution of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and asked him to clear his position in parliament. Calling the ICJ stay on Jadhav?s execution as ?unfavourable? outcome, the PTI has raised a series of questions, seeking sought an explanation from Sharif on the Indian response on the Jadhav issue. ?PM Nawaz should appear before the house to explain why Pakistan did not appoint an ad hoc judge as it had a right to and why the Foreign Office did not take legal advice before initiating correspondence on the issue,? The Express Tribune quoted PTI Central Information Secretary Shafqat Mehmood as saying. Mehmood asked why the government had selected a lawyer who did not have a single international law against his name and what was the reason to a Queen?s Counsel (QC) based in Qatar? He further asked as to why the government had appoined the task to a lawyer who had never argued a case independently before the International Court of Justice and what compelled the government to send a first year associate from Attorney General?s Office instead of AG himself to the ICJ. Seeking an explanation as to why the government did not submit a written defence before May 15, the PTI leader argued that apprehension regarding the ICJ decision had come true. Dr Shirin Mazari, another PTI leader and an expert on international relations, said that Pakistan should have gone to the ICJ fully prepared regretted the engagement of a Qatari lawyer with little knowhow was engaged. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said that the case at the ICJ had been mishandled and demanded a meeting of the national security committee on the Jadhav issue. PPP Vice President Sherry Rehman said Pakistan had failed to plead its case and questioned as to why the counsel completed his arguments in 50 minutes against the allocated time of 90 minutes. She said Pakistan should have appointed an adhoc judge under relevant rules. These reactions came soon after the Pakistan’s Foreign Office said that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has no jurisdiction over the county’s national security matters, which in this instance was the execution of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said the decision to challenge the ICJ’s jurisdiction was taken after consultation with all government institutions and agencies. Zakaria said Pakistan’s reply to the court was submitted in line with Article 36 of the Vienna Convention. He pointed out that there exists a bilateral pact on consular access between Pakistan and India since 2008 and added that article 6 of the pact solely relates to consular access being determined on the merit of the case. Zakaria said, “After India stood exposed on state-sponsored terrorism and financing terrorism, it tried to divert attention by presenting the Kulbushan Jadhav case with a humanitarian angle.” The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the primary judicial organ of the United Nations, stayed the death sentence awarded to former Indian Naval officer and alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by the Pakistan military court, citing that both – India and Pakistan – were bound by the Vienna Convention and that the rights invoked by New Delhi under the Vienna Convention were plausible.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Real fight to save Kulbhushan Jadhav will take place in Pakistan court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case on Thursday, asking Pakistan to “take all measures at its disposal” to ensure that he isn’t executed till its final judgment, is binding on the Pakistan government. Jadhav is currently in a Pakistani jail.Simply put, Pakistan won’t be able to execute Jadhav till the ICJ’s final decision.The Pakistan government’s official stand is that the ICJ has “no jurisdiction in national security matters”, and that Thursday’s order “does not change the status of Jadhav in any manner.” This is just a brave front, for the fact is that it will be extremely difficult for Pakistan to not implement the order.In case Pakistan refuses to accept the ICJ order, which seems unlikely, India can approach the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).For the Indian security establishment, the initial grandstanding notwithstanding, the real fight has not even started. More importantly, most people, including those in the security establishment, don’t seem too sure of what India is fighting for, right now.Legal experts point out that, under the UN charter, the ICJ is not a court of appeal where countries or individuals can take their grievances in criminal matters. That’s one reason why India or Jadhav’s family can’t appeal in the ICJ against his conviction and death sentence by the Pakistani military court.That legal assault would have to be mounted in Pakistan’s Supreme Court or the proper court of appeals that is empowered to hear appeals against orders of the Field General Court Martial, commonly known as military court.In fact, late last month, India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, Gautam Bambawale, handed over to Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary a petition from Jadhav’s mother, seeking an appeal against the military court’s order in the appropriate court of appeals.The Indian government would do well to concentrate on this appeal also, since even a final victory at the ICJ will only result in consular access to Jadhav. A loss in the Pakistan court’s appeal process, however, could mean the end of the road, and life, for him.All that the ICJ can and will decide is whether Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963, in denying, as India alleges, consular access to the former naval officer after he was arrested by Pakistani authorities.When this happens, India will have to be ready with a strong defence to Pakistan’s allegations that Jadhav was a spy, caught with two passports, etc. The good omen for India is that Thursday’s order was a unanimous one from the 15 judges of the ICJ.

ICJ’s verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav justified MoS Law

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Union Minister of State for Law and Justice, PP Choudhary, on Friday asserted that the verdict passed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on former Indian Navy Officer Kulbhushan Jadhav is justified and in accordance with the law. ?The order passed by the International Court of Justice is justified. It is in the interest of justice and same in accordance with law,? Choudhary told ANI. He said that Pakistan has clearly violated the Vienna Convention by denying consular access of Jadhav and added that it is the victory of the experts how presented strong case in front of the ICJ. Earlier on Friday, the ICJ had announced its verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case and dismissed Pakistan’s claim that it did not have jurisdiction over the matter. Justice Ronny Abraham of the ICJ read out the much-awaited verdict and asserted that the case was indeed debatable, while also adding that the ICJ had prime facie jurisdiction in the case. Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, India should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer. A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to former Indian naval officer Jadhav on April 10 for alleged “espionage and subversive activities.” However, India, after being denied consular access for 16th time, dragged Pakistan to the ICJ on May 8 for violating the Vienna Convention.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ICJ stays Jadhav’s hanging: India’s diplomatic victory makes Pakistan see red

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India scored a major diplomatic victory over Pakistan today as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) here stayed the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.The UN’s highest judicial body also asked Pakistan to take “all measures” to ensure that Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage, was not executed till the court had delivered its final verdict on the issue.India welcomed the court’s unanimous decision on Jadhav, 46, while Islamabad said it had informed the ICJ that it did not accept the court’s jurisdiction in matters related to national security.
ALSO READ Jadhav’s hanging stayed by ICJ – PM Modi’s high-risk gambit pays offPrime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his satisfaction with the verdict and spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who described the order as a “great relief”. The two leaders thanked senior lawyer Harish Salve, who headed a battery of lawyers presenting India’s case at The Hague.ICJ President Ronny Abraham, a 63-year-old French academic and practitioner in public international law, asked Pakistan to keep the court informed “of all measures taken” in the implementation of the order.
ALSO READ Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Meet the team behind the ICJThe 15-member bench backed India’s contention that there had been a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations as New Delhi’s requests for consular access to its national had been denied 16 times.The court, which had earlier provisionally stayed Jadhav’s sentence on May 9, also noted that India and Pakistan were signatories to the Vienna Convention since 1977.
ALSO READ How ICJ responded to India’s specific points in Kulbhushan Jadhav caseJadhav would get a reprieve of at least 150 days since the sentence was announced, as Pakistan had indicated that the execution would “probably not take place” before August 2017.”This means that there is a risk that an execution could take place at any moment thereafter, before the court has given its final decision in the case,” the court said, and asked Pakistan to ensure that court’s order be followed.It said, “the mere fact that Mr. Jadhav is under a death sentence and might therefore be executed is sufficient to demonstrate the existence of a risk of irreparable prejudice to the rights claimed by India.”The verdict came three days after the two countries gave their submissions during which India demanded the annulment of the sentence and described Pakistan’s trial to convict Jadhav as “farcical”. Pakistan, in turn, argued that Jadhav was a spy and India’s plea was “misconceived”.Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria also hit out at India today, saying it was “trying to hide its real face” by taking the case to the ICJ.”We do not accept the jurisdiction of the ICJ in matters related to the national security of the country,” he was quoted as saying by a television channel.India moved the ICJ against the death penalty on May 8.The next day, the global court stayed the sentence as a provisional measure.Pakistan, which announced the sentence on Jadhav on April 10, claims its security forces arrested him from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.Jadhav’s case is the latest flash-point in the tensions between Pakistan and India. The two countries last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft.

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